Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh: Operation Forth Bridge
The Duke of Edinburgh, His Royal Highness Prince Philip passed away aged 99 on the morning of 9th April 2021. He was the husband of our reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, and is the longest serving royal consort in British History.
To pay your respects or leave messages of support, you can visit Prince Philip’s tribute page here: https://funeral-notices.co.uk/national/death-notices/notice/dukeofedinburgh/4937526
For more on the death of Prince Philip, you can read The Mirror’s article here: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-prince-philip-dead-duke-13843506
Spring Cleaning and Mental Health
Spring is the season of new beginnings, and what better way to start afresh than with a clean house and clear mind?
Spring cleaning harkens back to the times before modern conveniences such as electricity and central heating were available, when fires were used to heat houses, lamps were lit with oils and everything was essentially much messier than it is these days. People would wait until spring and warmer weather in order to deep clean their houses, since windows could be left open to air them out.
There’s also the explanation that we simply cannot be bothered to clean in winter. We’re a lot colder and there are fewer daylight hours so it can be difficult to find the motivation to do loads of housework. When spring comes around, you tend to feel more refreshed and hopeful, ready to tackle the house you may have neglected over the winter months.
Why do we eat eggs at Easter?
Has it ever crossed your mind when scoffing down those yummy chocolate eggs why it relates to Easter? Here we’ll crack into the history of Easter eggs and how it’s become a tradition – even though most of us haven’t got a clue why.
Around the World on 1st April
I think it’s safe to say that the vast majority of people here in the UK will know the first day of April as April Fools Day, and that is also the case for a lot of Europe, the United States, and various other countries around the world. But is it only jokes and pranks that take place on the 1st April? What other days or traditions are observed on that date around the world?
The Benefits of the Clocks Going Forward
Noticed the sun shining in the sky a bit later the last few nights? Noticed not having to turn your lights (or for that matter your heating) on until a few hours later this week? Well, that’s because on Sunday the clocks ‘sprung’ (pun intended) forward an hour, meaning that we are now in British Summer Time until October.
Every year this is a nice moment for many: more sun and more light means more time for outdoor activities, particularly on a work night (is there anything worse than finishing work when it’s dark and cold outside?) But after such a difficult year and such a long winter due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, this year’s clock change means even more. In today’s blog I’m going to look at a few of the positives of the clocks going forward for the summer.
What is the most environmentally friendly funeral?
Environmentally friendly funerals such as Green/Woodland Funerals are becoming more popular as people grow more aware of their impact on the environment.
The idea of an eco friendly funeral is to have as little impact as possible on the environment, using less harmful materials for the preparation of the body and also for the burial itself, which usually takes place in designated woodland areas or natural burial grounds.
Marie Curie’s National Day of Reflection
Today (March 23rd) marks a year since the United Kingdom entered its first Coronavirus ‘lockdown’. Since then, over 100,000 lives have been lost across the country. This staggering amount of loss is almost hard to comprehend, not least because just over a year ago Coronavirus was only just beginning to appear and many assumed it would fizzle out as these types of disease often do.
The well-known charity Marie Curie is marking this poignant milestone with what it calls a National Day of Reflection. In today’s special blog, I am going to cover in further detail what the Day of Reflection entails and how you can get involved.
What have we learned about our mental health over the last year
On March 23rd there will be a national day of reflection as we mark the anniversary of lockdown one. I remember it all so well. The dread and panic spreading through the office in the weeks before, will we work from home? Hushed management meetings named ‘disaster recovery’ that made us all feel anxious not knowing what might happen in the coming days. And the news. 24 hour news cycles striking fear into our hearts and minds. It’s fair to say in the last year and a bit we’ve all made some memories we never thought we would. So how has this last year impacted our mental health and what have we learned about ourselves since the first lockdown?
National Day of Reflection: Looking back on those we've lost
On 23rd March we will have reached the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown, and our first ever National Day of Reflection. This is not the kind of anniversary that we’re going to be celebrating with an Iceland buffet and some decorative bunting, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth giving it the time and thought that it deserves.
As of writing this blog, there have been approximately 125,000 registered Coronavirus deaths in the UK since the start of the pandemic. The numbers have been talked about a lot in the media, whether it’s the number of deaths or the number of cases, and now the number of vaccinations, but one thing that we at funeral-notices.co.uk have always tried to remind ourselves of is that behind each number is a name.
How has the way we grieve changed since the Coronavirus pandemic?
With Marie Curie’s National Day of Reflection approaching on 23rd March, I wanted to reflect on how our grieving process has changed in the last year, and how we can adapt to ensure we are still able to mourn despite restrictions.
The way we grieve has had to change a lot since the pandemic began, with restrictions being placed on how many people can attend a funeral and some people being unable to attend funerals as they are shielding.
The most painful consequence is that a lot of people are unable to be with their loved ones in their final moments, making it that much harder when they do pass away.
It’s difficult to grieve when you feel like you were unable to say goodbye, and a funeral usually gives us the chance to do that. At a time when so many people are losing loved ones, it’s more important than ever that we are able to grieve properly.